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How to Use Crutches on Stairs - Thomas Fetterman Inc.

How to Use Crutches on Stairs

  • Approach the stairs and have your therapist stand by for safety until confident of abilities.
  • Keep crutches down on lower level and do not place upward on the steps. Push down hard on the crutches with your arms. This lifts the body upward.
  • Then, step up first with your strong leg to the first step....
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  • Shoulder Pain and Weakness by Thomas Fetterman

    Over the years I have been very active crutch user starting when I was eight years old. After college my wife and I bought and renovated pre-Civil War houses for 20 years and we did most of the work ourselves. I climbed scaffolding, did brick laying, installed roofs and roofing, built chimneys, and everything else. Then for adventure we traveled around the...
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  • Cure Carpal Tunnel Without Surgery

    Ten years ago, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) was most often seen in factory workers, secretaries, and supermarket cashiers whose jobs required them to repeat the same hand and wrist movements thousands of times a day. Besides experiencing ordinary soreness, CTS patients progressively suffer a weakened grip, stiff finders in the morning, and crippling....
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  • How To Use Crutches To Walk Safely

    • Scoot forward to edge of the chair with injured or painful leg out in front of your body.
    • When sitting in a chair, place both crutches on the opposite side of an injured or painful leg.
    • Span your hand across both hand grips. The back of your elbow should be pointing up high.
    • Push up with your strong leg. One hand should be on the crutches and the other hand on the chair.....
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  • How to Walk with a Cane on Level Ground

    • Scoot to the edge of your chair.
    • Place cane in hand opposite of the injured or painful leg.
    • Stand up from the chair.
    • Move cane forward 12-18 inches.
    • Step forward with the leg opposite of cane until the foot is directly across from the cane.....
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  • Crutches Anyone? by Thomas Fetterman

    Walking sticks have aided bi-pedal man since the dawn of our evolution. The walking stick has served us well as an assist to climbing, an aid to steadying ourselves, as a probe, a reaching tool, a weapon, as an artistic expression, and for some, as weight-bearing device to facilitate ambulating when debilitated....
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  • Miki Fairley, O&P Edge interviews Thomas Fetterman about crutch innovation

    Although ambulating with crutches would probably not rank on anyone's A-list of favorite activities, it can solve the problem of mobility after injury. Crutches have a long history. Evidence from an Egyptian carving dating back to 2830 BC suggests that crutches have been used at least since the pharaohs ruled Egypt 5,000 years ago. Through the corridors of time crutch design has not greatly changed. However, some modern inventor's have set out to change that scenario developing innovative twists on this age-old solution....
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  • Jack Riemer, Houston Chronicle

    On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. If you have ever been to a Perlman concert, you know that getting on stage is no small achievement for him. He was stricken with polio as a child, and so he has braces on both legs and walks with the aid of two crutches....
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